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’46 States to Go’ is the theme of Gingrich’s primary night party

Video: Gingrich and his supporters vow to continue campaigning; attack Romney as the one who drew focus away from the issues.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The freshest news to come out of Newt Gingrich’s primary night party here Tuesday were the signs held by supporters on stage reading “46 States to Go”—an obvious reference to the former House speaker’s vow after losing the Florida primary to continue campaigning in the remaining states that will choose delegates to the Republican national convention (even though, as onetime White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer pointed out, he failed to qualify for the primary ballot in Missouri and Virginia and is thus on the ballot in only 44).

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Much as the signs underscored Gingrich’s determination to get his big loss in Florida behind him, so did his surrogate campaigners. One of them who spoke to HUMAN EVENTS, former Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH), emphasized that there were more than 2,000 delegates to the national convention in Tampa and only 5 per cent were so far chosen.

Smith, who now lives in Key Largo, Fla. also responded to criticism that his candidate had grown extremely nasty toward Romney during their primary bout in the Sunshine State.  The former senator insisted that Gingrich had tried to talk only about issues, but “it was Romney who began the strong attacks” and did so with a major financial advantage.  Gingrich was only responding to broadsides that began with Romney, Smith told us.

There was evidence that this sniping between the two major candidates was not going to go away in the coming weeks.  Gingrich never formally conceded to Romney and reports were widespread that he did not call to congratulate the primary victor.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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